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Kaisercraft Art of Life Birthday Card

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


My other half is having a birthday this week and I wanted a ‘manly’ card for him, you know the kind, no bling, no flowers, no ribbon!  Ughh, that can be boring if you’re not careful.  In order to dress up my masculine card I started with Kaisercraft‘s Art of Life Collection and Spellbinders Labels Thirty-One dies.  Using Core’dinations Sand Castle paper for my card base I took a folded sheet and placed it in my Sizzix Big Shot with the long edge of the die protruding a tad over the fold.  By cutting this way you’ll end up with your three sides decorative cut but the top edge folded to make a base for the card.


I placed a piece of cut filmstrip, from the paper, for the focal point on the front and then used the domino paper from the collection to cut the numbers out backing them with medium weight chipboard and using my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to give them just a hint of sparkle.  When I started to video the card I do in the step-by-step for you I realized I didn’t have enough of the brown stickers to spell out my words so I actually took some neon green ones and a black permanent felt tip pen and colored them.  The trick here is to make sure when you remove the sticker from the sheet you use the pen around the edges (you can color the letters while they are still attached to the full sheet and just touch up when removed, much easier this way). to add a bit of ‘manly’ bling I used Tim Holtz gears here and there on the front.


Inside are two Journal Stickers from Tim Holtz idea-ology line.  I took an extra-small alpha stamp set and stamped my message and then used a tiny paperclip (also Tim Holtz) to attach the two tickets together before gluing them to the paper mat inside.  Using a white gel pen to do faux stitching around the inside mat just gives it a little pop.  So there you have it, a very masculine birthday card for someone special in your life.  Please check out the video for a complete walk through on how to make this card.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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PP926: Kaisercraft Art of Life 6×6 Paper Pad

SS213: Kaisercraft Art of Life Cardstock Stickers

S4-406: Spellbinders Labels Thirty-one

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs

657900: Sizzix Big Shot

207: Scor-Tape 1″

203: Scor Tape 1/2″

Supplies from my Stash: Kaisercraft Art of Life 12×12 Paper Collection, Core’dinations Sand Castle cardstock, Tim Holtz idea-ology Journaling Tickets – Gears – Tiny Paper Clip, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Webster’s Pages alpha stickers, mini alpha stamps, dimensional foam, ATG gun, Beacon Fabri-Tac, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, white gel pen

Card Making: Spellbinders Filigree Egg Cards

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Easter is just around the corner, extra special for me this year because it’s my Granddaughter’s twelfth birthday and we’ll be there to share it with her.   I thought I’d like a couple of cards for family and friends to have on hand for Easter and this Filigree Egg Die D-Lites by Spellbinders was just perfect.  I so love Spellbinders filigree dies they cut so nicely and the impressions are clear, clean and crisp.

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Besides the egg die I also used Spellbinders Majestic Labels One die to form the front and back base of my card.  You simply cut two from the die, score one 3/4″ from the side.  By gluing the two together along the fold/scored line you create a hinge to form the basis of your card.

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The egg was cut twice, one was sprayed with Lindy’s Starburst – Love at First Sight Lavender, the second was left white.  I put pop dots on the lavender side and popped the white egg atop it, making sure the filigrees aligned.  All edges of the card base were inked lightly with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Milled Lavender.  The double egg was then placed on the center of the card base.  Adding a tulle bow, flower with a bling center is just enough pizzazz to finish the card.

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I used a rub on for my sentiment on the inside

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To finish the card I used Joy! Crafts Elegant Card Stand die to accompany the card.  (In order to make the easel a little sturdier I cut two, glued them together and then lightly inked the edges).  Hmm… notice there are two easels here?  That means there must be a bonus card idea in the video below, don’t miss it!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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S2-053: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Filigree Egg die

S4-421: Spellbinders Majestic Labels One

60020122: Joy! Crafts Elegant Card Stand

TIM20219: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Milled Lavendar

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my stash: Fabri-Tac glue, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Lindy’s Starburst, Love at First Sight Lavender, Silks in Pink Grapefruit, American Crafts, Pop Dots, Tulle, Flower, Bling, Rub Ons

Kaisercraft Art of Life Mini Album

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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I had found this little Kraft/Chipboard book while on a recent shopping trip and used it to make this mini with Kaisercraft‘s Art of Life Collection.  I’m not sure what draws me so much to this collection but something really does.  I love the soft brown tones of the paper and the images that are so beautifully done.  This little book has three heavy chipboard pages and three expandable kraft envelopes, perfect for preserving a special moment in time.

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I had gotten both the 12×12 collection package and the 6 1/2′ square pad.  I used primarily the smaller pad for most of the mini.  If you’re not familiar with Kaisercraft pads the smaller ones come 1/2′ larger than norm, which I find exceedingly helpful at times, they also have several punch out sheets of images at the end.  In the photo above both the sentiment on the left and the arrow on the right are from these punch-outs, I simply backed them on a solid cardstock for a sturdier effect.

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Because this is a smaller mini I think the addition of the gusseted envelopes is a great touch for tucking away all those bits of memorabilia that you want to save along with the photos (of course you could always stick the extra photos in the pockets as well).  I used Spellbinders Nestabilites Superellipse die for the mats and then distressed everything with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs.  Be sure and check out my video, I’ll show you what the book looked like naked, a glimpse of how I did the pages, a complete walk through page by page and of course still photos at the end.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

PK461: Kaisercraft Art of Life 12×12 Paper Pack

PP926: Kaisercraft Art of Life 6 1/2″ Pad

SS213: Kaisercraft Art of Life Stickers

S5188: Spellbinders Nestabilities Superellipse die

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Mini Album

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Sigh………… I’m in love………..with Graphic 45′s Botanical Tea Collection!  Oh wait, maybe I’ve said that before, oh well, I’m saying it again, this collection is just gorgeous and so nostalgic, at least for me anyway.  I’ve created a mini album this week and fussed and fumed over the binding until I think I finally got it right (3rd times charm isn’t that what the old saying is?).

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To make this album it’s super simple, no really, it is!  I started with white cardstock, around 100# and cut 8 pages 5″ x 6″. The reason it’s not square is because I had made a coordinating gift box to put it in (check out my blog – link below- to see the box) and I wanted to leave room on the 5″ side to add a Cinch binding.  Once I cut my decorative papers I realized the white was too stark so I inked the edges, about an inch in with Tim Holtz‘s Antique Linen Distress Ink.  Then I cut my decorative paper from the collection about 1/4″ small (4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″).  I cut 16 mats, two of each design  so when you open the book the right and left sides compliment one another.

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Leftover pieces can be used to compliment the main page patterns in the form of pockets, belly bands and focal accents.

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By trimming and following the pattern edge you can create a fun border.

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As I said in the beginning I redid the binding several times, first using white coils and my Cinch, next blue coils and fibers hanging and finally I gave up on the wires, it just wasn’t the right look.  Instead, I took blue 1/4″ ribbon and laced it from bottom to top, tied it in a knot, added the metal butterfly and ran the ends through it to the back adding a knot on each loose end.  I added a few charms, I especially love the little teacup that a friend had given me just this week, perfect timing! The point is, don’t give up, if something doesn’t look or feel right keep tweeking it otherwise you’re never going to be happy with the end result.  It may be just the color that’s off and by changing it up you’ll be so much happier, I know I am!

Catch the rest of the pages in the video below and the gift box I made to house this in is in my blog post here -> Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Gift Box. One last thing I used Spellbinders Die D-Lites Corner Flourish around the Botanical Tea tag on the front.  The paper had flourishes around it but that’s way beyond my fussy cutting abilities so I added my own with some blue paper, love the look. I also misted the solid outside papers with Lindy’s Frosted Forget-Me-Nots Starburst and Alpine Tea Rose Starburst sprays then inked them with a combination of browns from Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks, the last step was to lightly mist overtop with Lindy’s Blazing Sun Glitz Spray.  I love how it turned out, I hope you do to.


So why not try this mini today, yes you can do it and you’ll love the end result!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Visit me on my Blog – A Soul’s Heartbeat and YouTube

Supplies from the Store:

4500889: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12×12 Paper Pad

4500895: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1

4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 21

 4500893: Graphic 45 Botanical Stickers

4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard

4500892: Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets

S2-050: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Corner Flourish

S4-418: Spellbinders Labels 36

TIM19497: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs

TIM19510: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Dye

Supplies from my Stash: Cardstock; medium weight chipboard, ATG, Beacon’s Fabri-Tac, 3D Crystal Lacquer, Metal pieces, bling, ribbon, Lindy’s sprays, Aleene’s Tacky Glue


Spellbinders Majestic Labels Cards

Thursday, March 6th, 2014


Today I’m sharing two versions of the same card using Spellbinders Majestic Labels 1 and Spellbinders Shapeabilites Gold Corbels & Accents.  By using my suggestions everything else can pretty much be grabbed from what you have on hand.  That’s always a nice feeling isn’t it, using up our stash and stockpile, and yes, I know you have one just as I do!

This card is 6″x6″, a little larger than I normally make, but I wanted to have room for the center aperture to take the focal point.  I cut the dies nestling one inside the other, all but the outer die which I used solely on the cardstock to cut the front opening.  By nestling the dies you get three intricate frames to play with. You can get a good idea of the design from the image below.


In the video I also cut the dies from a solid rose cardstock and show you the difference in perception when you alternate design with solid.  I’ll also share how I used some of the cut apart flower wreaths and swag I have accumulated from local stores for just pennies.  When you take them all apart you have a multitude of flowers to play with.


You can see this vibrant deep rose flower and the delicate pink ones on the front of the card above.  Actually the deep rose flower started out as a poinsettia wreath I picked up last summer, I think I paid a quarter for the wreaths (I bought one in teal as well).  By trimming the flower petals from a pointed poinsettia shape into a curved flower petal you have a flower you can use year round.  The little pink ones came off a long swag and I can’t even guess how many little flowers pieces I got when I cut that apart, oh yes I paid just over a dollar for something that was twenty-five to start with.  I guess what I’m saying is look around at what you have, or what you see on those final final final clearance sections and see if they can be altered down the road to fit your needs.


One last photo to show how I did the inside on this card.  This is the center part I cut from the front of the card, popped up on dimensionals.  Atop that is a Wilton 4″ doily I got from the food section at the grocery store.  I printed my sentiment directly on it.  By cutting the flourish I could tuck a little in the top and bottom to give the inside movement.

Very simple cards that give a very elegant statement, why don’t you make up a few today to have on hand?

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat or YouTube

Supplies from the Store:

S4-421: Spellbinders Majestic Labels 1

S4-432: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Gold Corbels & Accents

657900: Sizzix Big Shot

656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin dies

Supplies from my Stash: Solid Cardstock, Designer Pattern Paper, Vellum, Flowers, Doily, Glue,




2 Hour Makeover

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

At Christmas time I was browsing around Barnes and Nobel and saw this inexpensive black book to house your Internet passwords in.  I picked it up for my other half to put in his stocking.  Later after the wrapping paper had settled I took a better look at it and decided it would be just the thing for me, not only for my passwords of which I’m sure I have a million, but also my crafty online friends.  I get nice comments and chat with so many around the globe but as we all know the name on YouTube or Google+ can be nothing like their given name.  I’d been wanting someplace I could jot down info about my friends and perhaps a few notes like where they’re from and what color they like and if they make mini albums etc etc etc.  This book fit the bill.

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I happened to be talking with my best friend on the phone and mentioned this little book only to have her say, ‘Oh that’s just what I need too!”  So I headed out to the store and picked up two, one for her and one for me.  The only problem, it just wasn’t very pretty!  Certainly not something I’d be thrilled to give to her.  So I decided I do a ‘Makeover’ add some paper, ribbon, lace and bling it up a little.

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The transformation was great.  My little black book morphed itself into a pretty and feminine journal to record our notes in.  From start to finish, and that included the hard part – picking out the papers, I doubt it took the two hours.  I went with my old standby paper, Heartfelt Creations, Gateway to the Seasons Collection, Daphne Paper Pad.  Oh I love this paper, I come back to it over and over and am going to be sad when I pick up the last piece and know it’s done.  The colors are so soft and soothing, just perfect for the covers outside and inside of my book.  Having the original vinyl book be black was an asset, I just left the spine as is and butted my inked papers up to the covers hinges.

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Including a pocket in the front and back allowed me to tuck in a post a note pad in the front and a journaling or bookmarking tag in the back.  I added a flower to each book, stamped and cut from the paper with the Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret Stamp and die cut with the matching die from Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations.  In the video I’ll show you how I made the template to match up the die with the stamped image perfectly.

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Check out my video, I’ll walk you through, start to finish, how I altered my book and share more photos with you.  When you’re out and about just browsing keep your eyes open for some plain journals, address books, birthday books etc that you can spruce up with a 2 hour makeover!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Visit me on my blog A Soul’s Heartbeat and on my YouTube channel

Supplies from the Store:

HCDP1-234: Heartfelt Creations Gateway to the Seasons, Daphne 12×12 Paper Collection

HCPC 3500: Heartfelt Creations Open Vintage Floret Stamp Set

HCD 727: Heartfelt Creations  Vintage Floret die

202: Scor-Tape 1/4″

203: Scor-Tape 1/2″

207: Scor-Tape 1″

TIM27133: Tim Holtz  Distress Ink Forest Moss

TIM21469: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap

TIM27195: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet

Supplies from my Stash: Ribbon, lace, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Beacon Fabri-tac, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella clear, pearls, metal corners – butterfly – rosettes

SpellbindersQuickutzProvoCraftScore-PalSizzixGraphic 45Die Cuts With A ViewMy Minds EyeHeartfelt CreationsJustRite Stampers